Dismembered Body in Fish Tank is in Fact Missing SoMa Man

Police found the body in the man's SoMa home in August but could not confirm whether it belonged to him.

The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the missing SoMa man as the headless corpse found in a fish tank inside his home this summer.

Police found the body in August after family members and concerned neighbors of 65-year-old Brian Egg notified the department of his disappearance. The Medical Examiner’s Office declined to state how long it took to determine the sex of the body given the stage of decomposition it was found it, as the Chronicle first reported, but confirmed on Thursday that the body belongs to Egg.

Family and friends last saw Egg in late May or early June, according to police. Though officers made two well-being checks, they reported no suspicious activity or answers to the door of him at 228 Clara St., near Folsom and Fifth streets. 

Police did not enter Egg’s home until a neighbor called 911 to report a suspicious person outside with a crime scene cleaning truck, finding suspicious odors and cleaning products. It wasn’t until Aug. 17, the second day of operating under a search warrant, that police found a large torso in a fish tank in a concealed location in Egg’s home.

Lance Silva, 39, and Robert McCaffrey, 52, were arrested on Aug. 16 in connection with the Egg’s missing person case. Both were charged with theft of an elder, fraud, grand theft, and motor vehicle theft. 

McCaffrey was released but the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office petitioned to revoke Silva’s probation on Aug. 29. According to investigators, Silva allegedly used Egg’s debit card to purchase a BMW and hire a hazmat cleaning company on Aug. 14, possibly linking him to the crime.

Alameda County has not yet responded to a request for information, but the last known update listed Silva in custody.

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